Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins. They are typically in the legs. Varicose veins occur when defective valves in the veins allow blood to pool or flow in the wrong direction.
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Visible enlarged blue or purple veins
- Aching legs
- Swollen ankles
- Smaller red, blue, or purple “spider” veins
You are more likely to develop varicose veins if:
- You have weak or damaged valves (called valvular incompetence) in a vein.
- You are overweight or obese.
- You have been pregnant.
- You suffer from constipation.
- You have high blood pressure.
We diagnose varicose veins using painless, non-invasive assessments including ultrasound and a physical exam.
Our doctors treat varicose veins with a nonsurgical procedure called vein ablation .
If you feel you are having a medical emergency, call 911.